Category Archives: Clean Eating

RECIPE: Nigerian Breakfast Bowl

Nigerian Breakfast Bowl

NOTE: This recipe has been labelled ‘Nigerian’ because all ingredients are locally grown in Nigeria. Of course, you can find all the ingredients around the world but it’s important to highlight this because we import a lot of vegetables & food here which usually means = pricey.

I have a client who loves ‘Buddha Bowls’, which really is just a more appetising and prettier way of presenting a salad. The first time I made mine, I fell in love! If you know me, you’ll know I’m not a fan of salads (really, raw leaves just don’t do it for me) but I have grown to understand it’s not all about me :p.

With the above in mind, I bought some Nigerian grown lettuce at an affordable N200-300 compared to the pricier imported lettuce. After putting it in the fridge, I forgot about it for a couple of days. One morning, after my client sessions, I came back home very hungry and couldn’t bear the thought of spending forever (read: more than 10 minutes) preparing breakfast. Then… I remembered my neglected lettuce. This breakfast took less than ten minutes and is now a firm favourite. Note: I used some leftover tomato and pepper sauce, yet another reason to cook in bulk – LEFTOVERS!

INGREDIENTS
2 Eggs
Lettuce
Pre-made Totmato & Pepper Sauce
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

  1. Wash the lettuce in 1 part vinegar + 9 parts water. Do a final rinse with water.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan, at the same time warm the tomato & pepper sauce on low heat in a pot.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add to the frying pan. Reduce to medium heat, stirring often to scramble the eggs. Add salt to taste.
  4. Add the lettuce to the bowl, follow with the eggs and sauce.
  5. Time to eat!

TIP: Make this a post workout bowl by adding a portion of grilled plantain or sweet potatoes for a healthy dose of ‘good’ carbs.

Nigerian Healthy Breakfast

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PEPPER & TOMATO SAUCE
1/4 Onion (Sliced)
2 Tomatoes (Sliced)
1 Bell Pepper (Sliced)

  1. Preheat coconut oil in a pan and sauté onions.
  2. Add the peppers and tomatoes, cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
  3. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Done!

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Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Green Pepper And Guinea Fowl Salad

Nigerian Salad Lettuce Tomato Green Pepper Cucumber Guinea Fowl Made In Nigeria

Nothing much to add to this colourful picture except – if you’re like me, and totally love your protein, feel free to add a side of guinea fowl to this.
I sometimes eat this with chicken from stew, the stew ends up being a ‘naija-style’ dressing.

Also:

Small sprinkling of sweetcorn aside, all ingredients in this salad are locally sourced (NIGERIA) – lettuce, cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes and strips of smoke guinea fowl.

In these tough economic times, let’s focus more on eating our foods, which have many nutritional benefits, are tasty and more affordable. And make it a habit.

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Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Egg Muffins

Paleo Healthy Egg Muffins

Before I go into simple recipe, I have to give credit where credit is due.

This is completely inspired by my friends at Fitter Food and their “Omega Breakfast Bake” recipe in their best-selling book (Read More HERE).

This is one of the simplest, healthy and nutritious to-go breakfasts out there and I love this because you can play around with the ingredients (both the fish and the courgettes/zucchinis). I’ve made these with chicken, turkey or sausages, and spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes and other vegetables. I’ll post another variation next week :)

You can make a big batch of these muffins and store in the fridge for the week. Now, isn’t that a super easy breakfast, no matter how busy you are?

INGREDIENTS
6 eggs
2 small courgettes
200g wild alaskan salmon (tinned)
Seasoning (I used salt & thyme)

1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F
2. Mix the eggs in a large bowl, add the salmon and mix.
3. Grate the courgettes into the mixture, and stir.
4. Season and lightly grease the muffin tin with coconut oil (I used coconut oil spray)
5. Add the mix into the muffin tin, add about quarter cup portions to each muffin cup
6. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes.
7. The muffins should come out clean from the cups.

SERVES: 3

SERVING SUGGESTION
Eat alone or with a side of vegetables. My favourite side is half an avocado.

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Healthy Salmon Egg Muffin Recipe. Rich in Omega 3. Personal Trainer

Healthy Tip: How To Curb Sugar Cravings

Roasted Plantain. Healthy Nigerian African Meal. Personal Trainer Adura.Last week, while working on a client’s 28 day plan, I got to the section on sugar cravings, the causes and how to curb them and it inspired last week’s email to my Mailing List.

Some causes of sugar cravings are more obvious that others, without going into too much detail:

  • Not eating enough – this leads to dips in blood sugar, which leads to wanting a quick fix for a sugar rush –> cravings!
    Solution: Eat more often – breakfast, lunch and dinner are a must.
  • Eating too much sugar – this is a vicious cycle, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it. Eating simple or processed sugars causes a quick spike in blood sugar, and an even quicker dip in sugar and energy levels —> more cravings!
    Solution: Cut out/down processed sugars and eat less high sugar fruit.
  • PMT/Menopause – Hormones! Isn’t it great being a woman? We become more prone to insulin resistance closer to the time of the month, or menopause as oestrogen and progesterone levels change. For a lot of women (like me!), this can lead to sugar cravings, feeling tired and emotional.
    Solution: Take Vitamin B6 supplements. Also make a big effort to cut down on sugar. I’ll talk about how I’m usually able to do this below.
  • There could be other health related causes including thyroid problems, yeast infections and more. Which is why you shouldn’t ignore other symptoms you might have, especially those that never seem to go away.
    Solution: Consult a medical professional in this case.

Try my top tip which works for me, and my clients:
- Roast your plantains, sweet potatoes, squash or yam. Roasting brings out the sweetness and natural flavours.
TMI (for some) but this always helps when I crave sweet treats right before and during my time of the month.

Do you have any tricks for curbing sugar cravings? Share!

I’m Challenging Myself…

…and you, maybe?

I’m very proud of myself – after months of feeling stuck in a rut, I did my #CleanNineteen challenge in March. At the end of the 19 days, I felt more like myself than I had in ages, it almost felt like I had reset my attitude to my diet – I needed it!

So, to continue to motivate myself, and others I hope, I set myself another challenge for the month of May. It doesn’t matter what your starting point is, it’s the progress and results you get at the end that matter.

I’ve used the #GetRippedWithAdura on Instagram hashtag because the other one I wanted to use had already been used for something else.

My starting picture is here: http://instagram.com/p/Y5dQl0ADW-/

Goal: More definition in my abs – to see a significant change in my abs/mid-section

How?
1. Doing 2 minutes of plank daily.
2. Doing 2 strength sessions a week
3. Doing Yoga 1-2 times a week.
4. Eating clean
- Processed sugar free and low sugar.
- Completely treat free, especially during the 1st two weeks. And the option to have one treat per week during weeks 3 and 4 (but I plan not to).  By treats, I mean foods with processed sugar (cakes, ice-cream, etc)
- Cutting down carbs, except on workout days. Examples of carbs allowed are: plantain, sweet potatoes, brown beans and quinoa.

If you’re interested in following my progress or you want to join me on this challenge, follow me on Instagram: @Adura_O, where I’ll be posting daily updates on anything from my planks to the meals I eat. If you’re on Pinterest, I’m also posting daily updates —> http://pinterest.com/adura/get-ripped-with-me/

I started yesterday:


Please be aware this will not have the same structured approach and direction as the Get Trimmer Challenge. If you want weekly plans, tips, a forum and regular support, sign up for the next Get Trimmer Challenge HERE (starts on the 17th of June).

Quick Catchup: Clean Weekend and a New Video

Hope you had a good weekend. I had another sugar free weekend and feel good for it today. I went to help my friend at her Ermioni’s Bake Shop stall in Archway Market and didn’t have anything! Not even  a tiny sample of her scrumptious baking. Funny thing was – it wasn’t difficult, not one bit!

It helped that there was a hog roast stall in that market so I bought a portion of it (on its own) and my friend bought me more later :) The worst thing to do when you’re avoiding sugar is to be hungry around sugar!

On Sunday, I made some plantain chips and had them with an omelette and a banana shake (1 cup of organic farm fresh yogurt and 1 banana). A couple of sunny-side-up eggs with runny yolks would have been perfect to dip the chips into… yummm! Next time ;) I absolutely LOVE plantains, can you tell?

I’m on Day 15 of my personal #CleanNineteen challenge and, honestly, I don’t feel deprived because I’ve been making extra yummy meals and green smoothies <-- all homemade and natural :) Looks like I might just continue past the nineteen days, I'm enjoying it :) I started this week as I plan to continue and finish it – cleansed and refreshed, let’s see how long that lasts!!
Palm Oil Face Mask before my shower and a big glass of leftover homemade green smoothie (from the weekend).

Finally, here’s a video I uploaded on Friday on treating yourself with unhealthy food. I do that a lot and it’s a habit I’m trying to curb. I’ve been doing well these past few weeks by making berry or banana smoothies over the weekend (I have some pictures on my Instagram). And also making extra scrumptious meals, which makes a huge difference.

Watch the video here:

Have a productive week!

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